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OPP Report – May 9

OPP Report – May 9

OPP Marine Patrol Report

(MIDLAND, On)-  Marine officers attached to the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police  (OPP) have been out actively patrolling area waterways in the interest of safe boating as the 2024 boating season edges into June.

Between May 24 to June 2, 2024 officers checked over 78 vessels and operators for equipment and impaired operation violations during their 69 hours of marine patrol. Warnings under the Canada Shipping Act were issued to 21 operators for various minor equipment violations Two tickets for equipment were issued to operators under the Canada Shipping Act along with two lifejacket tickets and one ticket was issued for a liquor violation.

Of those operators who were checked, two provided samples of their breath into the Roadside Screening device with “pass” results.

Marine unit members responded to seven water based calls for service during this time along with their patrol of area marinas and waterways.

SPRING TIME – NEED TO KNOW

Please view the following link for an interesting look at why wearing a lifejacket can make the difference and the effects of cold water on your body should you go over board – The Shock Factor or view the attached CBSC Lifejacket poster with QR code.

For interactive boating information with equipment requirements at your fingertips we suggest viewing the following marine safety information site – Better Boater – Become a Better Boater Today or view the attached Interactive CBSC poster with QR code.

If you see a possible impaired operator “Make the Call” and dial 911 and help prevent a marine tragedy.

BROKEN LIGHTS YIELD IMPAIRED DIVERS: HURONIA WEST

(June 3, 2024 – WASAGA BEACH, ON) – A Huronia West officer on general patrol in Wasaga Beach on June 1st at approximately 10:30 p.m. stopped a motorist on Mosley Street at 52nd Street after observing that the motor vehicle had a defective headlight.

After making initial contact with the driver, the investigating officer entered into an impaired driving investigation and made a demand that the driver submit to roadside alcohol screening. The driver registered a “FAIL” and was arrested for impaired driving.

After subsequent testing at the detachment, Jaymen BALSDON, 23-year-old from Wasaga Beach, was charged with:

Operation while impaired – 80+

Driving a motor vehicle with open container of liquor

Improper tires

Driving without proper headlights

Fail to surrender insurance card

The accused has been released and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date. Until then, they face a 90-day drivers licence suspension, a 7-day vehicle impoundment, and several fines.

Only minutes after concluding the first investigation, the same officer stopped a motorist on Main Street in Wasaga Beach after observing that the motor vehicle had a defective licence plate light.

After making initial contact with the driver, the investigating officer entered into an impaired driving investigation and made a demand that the driver submit to roadside alcohol screening. The driver registered a “FAIL” and was arrested for impaired driving.

After subsequent testing at the detachment, Marcin MITIANIEC, 46-year-old from Mississauga, was charged with:

Operation while impaired – 80+

Improper number plate light

The accused has been released and will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date. They too faces a 90-day drivers licence suspension a 7-day vehicle impoundment, and fines.

The OPP remains committed to taking alcohol & drug-impaired drivers off our roads through enforcement and public education. If you suspect someone is driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, please call 9-1-1 to report it.

TWO INDIVIDUALS CHARGED AFTER HURONIA WEST MARINE UNIT RESCUE STRANDED VESSEL 5 KMS OFFSHORE

(June 3, 2024 -TOWN OF WASAGA BEACH, ON) – Members of the Huronia West Detachment Marine Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to assist two individuals stranded five kilometres offshore in an inflatable boat.

On May 26, 2024, OPP were called to assist an inflatable boat that had drifted away from shore and was taking on water. The Huronia West Marine Unit responded quickly and was able to rescue two individuals onboard, safely returning them and the vessel back to shore.

As a result, a 32-year-old from North York was charged with:

Operating human powered pleasure craft without prescribed life saving appliances on board

Having care or control of a boat underway with open container of liquor

And subsequently, a 30-year-old from North York was charged with:

Having care or control of a boat underway with open container of liquor

The Huronia West OPP would like to remind boaters that having the proper equipment while out on the water is crucial for ensuring safety and preparedness. Essential equipment like life jackets, navigation tools, communication devices, and emergency supplies can make a sufficient difference in handling unexpected situations such as accidents, adverse weather conditions, or engine failures.

Having the proper equipment not only enhances personal safety but also facilitates effective response to emergencies, potentially saving lives and minimizing risks. Equipping your boat with the necessary gear is essential for promoting responsible boating practices and ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience on the water.

Members of Huronia West OPP are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers want to remind all waterway users that there is no one single cause that leads to drownings but there are common contributors. Basic safety practices such as wearing a lifejacket or a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) while on a vessel or in the water can be the difference between enjoying the water or not.

HURONIA WEST INVESTIGATES TWO ASSAULTS INVOLVING WEAPONS

(June 3, 2024 – WASAGA BEACH, ON) – Members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigating two serious assaults that took place in on June 2, 2024, in the Town of Wasaga Beach.

At approximately 5:55 p.m., OPP officers responded to a 9-1-1 call at an address on Beachwood Road. Officers located the victim at the scene suffering from serious injuries sustained from a weapon, then was transported to a local hospital. The suspect had fled the scene prior to police arrival but surrendered to police a short time later.

As a result of the investigation, a 28-year-old from Wasaga Beach has been charged with the following offences:

Aggravated Assault

Weapons dangerous

Uttering threats – cause death

The accused individual was transported to the Huronia West OPP Detachment, where they are being held pending a bail hearing. The name of the accused shall not be released to protect the identity of the victim.

There is believed to be no risk to public safety as investigators do not consider this to be a random incident.

In a separate incident later that evening, at approximately 8:45 p.m., OPP officers responded to a 9-1-1 call to Beach Drive to provide aid to two victims who had just been pepper sprayed by an unknown individual. While officers were responding, they received a second call from a different group who had also been pepper sprayed by the same individual.

Officers located the suspect a short distance away and engaged in a brief foot pursuit before making an arrest.

The accused, who cannot be named due to the provisions under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), was charged with five counts of Assault with a weapon.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Collingwood at a future date.

The Ontario Provincial Police is committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities.

The Huronia West OPP values your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please visit Crime Stoppers at: www.crimestopperssdm.com/ or call 1-800-222-8477.

ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE AWARENESS WEEK

(TOWN OF WASAGA BEACH, ON) – Ahead of its All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety Awareness Week campaign, the Huronia West Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reporting a 125 per cent increase in ATV fatalities across Ontario in 2024, with more than half of the deceased found without a helmet.

Nine people (eight drivers, one passenger) have died in OPP-investigated ATV incidents this year, compared to three drivers and one passenger at this time last year. With one third of this year’s fatalities involving alcohol and/or drugs, the data is a reminder that some ATV riders dismiss the significant risks these (and other poor riding behaviours) pose.

The OPP and its valued partner, the Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicle Clubs

Safe riding habits need to start at the very outset. Parents/guardians of youths who are interested in taking up ATV riding are encouraged to enroll them in Ontario’s Youth ATV Rider Training Program.

ATV Safety Awareness Week runs from May 31, 2024, to June 9, 2024, and is an excellent opportunity for Ontario ATV enthusiasts to educate themselves about what they can do to make every ride a safe and enjoyable one.

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